Halloween is not a major holiday at our house (when did it become a major holiday at all?), but of course, it’s fun to see the kids dressed up. I don’t make elaborate costumes every year, but there are a few I look back on with pride, including the fall the big boys wanted to be the Pokemon Chimchar and Monferno. I lucked out finding good quality plain monkey costumes at Old Navy. They were fleece, so I bought fleece fabric to add the embellishments.
First, an overview of how the costumes turned out, next to the original characters. Directly below is Chimchar and below him is Monferno.
Pretty good likeness, right?
And here’s a breakdown of how I altered the monkey costumes to make the Pokemon. For Chimchar, I
- removed the tail completely.
- sewed the tip of the tail to the top of his head, to make his little cowlick.
- used brown embroidery floss to embroider the curl on his chest.
- made a large flame for the tail using yellow and red fleece, stuffed it and sewed it in place.
For Monfernon, I
- sewed a white collar out of two layers of white fleece and sewed it in place.
- cut blue and red fleece for the face mask and sewed these in place with embroidery floss.
- cut small white teeth and sewed these in place.
- cut yellow bands and sewed these on the arms.
- used brown embroidery floss to sew the curl on the chest.
- cut off all but the base of the tail.
- sewed a yellow and red flame tail with a layer of batting in the center and attached it to the base of the tail.
Since I was on a roll, I also made these pokeball bags out of felt and ribbon for the boys to go trick-or-treating.
Steve and I dressed up as Ash and Misty, the Pokemon trainers. I made this little Togepi Pokemon to carry around.
I don’t have detailed instructions here, but if you have any questions, please let me know. I’d love to help you make your little Pokemon fans as happy as these guys!
Hope your October is full of treats!